Cesar Salazar (MEX) 3-1 Patrick Rooney (ENG) 6-11, 11-5, 15-13, 11-5 (53m)
Arturo Salazar (MEX) 3-2 Shahjahan Khan (USA) 11-7, 11-6, 8-11, 2-11, 11-2 (64m)
I was not happy at all in the third, I was up 10/9 and there was in my opinion a terrible call, a ball called that was out of court, and was called good. It really angered me because I was not the only one to see it, and at such a crucial time. I don’t know what would have happened if I lost that game to be honest. He is such a good player, talented, with great hands…
So I lost my focus at the end of that third, but I got the control back in the fourth at the start, and I think he lost a bit of heart in the last one.
It was seven, eight months without competition, so I was a bit nervous at the start. But I so wanted to play, I so wanted to compete, I worked so hard, and I’m happy with the result.
I know Shah very well, he is a very dangerous opponent, and he has had some good results. He moves very fast, very well. I tried to take the ball short, and to get a good start. I kept the ball in the back corners, trying to take my chances when I could.
If in the first 2 games I had the initiative, in the next two, he changed his game plan and that put a lot of pressure on me.
The fifth game, I had a very good start, 7/0, it gave me a very important advantage, and a lot of confidence…